"Fallen" by Lauren Kate

Fallen (Fallen, #1)Fallen by Lauren Kate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't normally go for young adult novels, but this book's synopsis piqued my interest. Then, I had several friends recommend it to me, so, I ended up picking it up. I was very very happy I did.

Fallen is the story of Lucinda "Luce" Price, and her time at Sword & Cross reform school. She landed here because of something that happened to her at her last school, and with a boy. But she is feeling horrible about this school. The school is part jail, part boarding school, and all horrid for Luce. Until she meets Daniel Grigori.

Now, I will admit, this book plays out the romance of Daniel and Luce strangely, especially since there's another party involved named Cam, who is also into Luce. I can't delve too much into the love triangle without giving away too much of the story.

The twist at the end is one that I kind of saw coming, but kind of not. Obviously, Daniel is a fallen angel, which is something that the synopsis states, but there's something else to the characters that just threw me for a bit of a loop.

Overall, the secondary characters are interesting: Penn, Gabbe, and Arriane, and some of the other students at Sword and Cross, but while this book is set into a semi-high school setting, if an adult were to read it, they would also find themselves being able to relate.

The one problem that I have with this story is the unresolved, or rather, really, untouched issue of Luce's past. While the ending of the book kind of resolves it in a roundabout way, you really have to pay attention to catch it. I'm talking about the past that lands her in the school, and what happens while she's at the school. There is a suggestion of what happens, and that one of the other characters caused these issues, but it really wasn't soundly resolved.

Needless to say, this book touches the heart of romantics everywhere, and it does have a bit of a Gothic feel to it, as the cover suggests. I would definitely recommend picking up this book for a light and fast read, and I personally can't wait to delve into the second in the series!

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